We moved in to our Vista Perfecta home 12 days ago and have settled in perfectly. We are only here in this house for a month so we’re trying to soak up all it has to offer, as much as we can. We are currently situated in Playa del Coco, Costa Rica, just on the edge of town, by the anchor. Here in Costa Rica, addresses are not a common thing, so our road doesn’t have a name. But when we are asked where we are staying, everyone knows exactly where we are when we tell them we are down by the anchor.
It’s a nice little neighbourhood, with lots of very friendly locals, a small working farm, lots of chickens, dogs and cats, and even a friendly horse. All of the roads in this little area are unpaved but still easily walked. And we know that very well, as we walk ‘into town’ just about every day. It takes us about 15-20 minutes, depending on how far into town we are going. The closest grocery store is the Mega Super and is about a 10-15 minute walk. I’m pretty sure we could do it a little quicker than that if we wanted to, but the heat has slowed us down to a very calm and leisurely pace.
Back here in our house, we are enjoying as many amenities, if not more, than we had back in Canada. It is a gated property (as many rentals are), has 24 hour staff/security if we need anything, a pool, laundry, and 3 private balconies for us to enjoy. A typical day usually starts between 5-6am with a few cups of local coffee and a laptop. The rooftop patio is definitely the best spot for this, with such great views and all of the sounds of the animals waking up all around us. On a good day, we’ll go for a run shortly after this, but only if we can get out the door before 7am. Leaving after 7 means the sun is now up too high and the heat is just too much for a run.
We’ve discovered that there are not too many rules here in CR, so there are no pool hours, nor age requirements. It’s actually nice to know that they assume that you have enough common sense to make your own good choices. So one rule that Ian and I have is that we don’t go into the pool before 8am. So every morning at 8am that’s where you’ll find us. After pool time, it’s school time. So far, we’ve been doing the schooling separately, me taking one kid and Ian taking the other to a different room (or balcony), for less distractions.
After an hour or two of school, we’ll often head into town for a few hours. The walk is pretty hot, so we’ll break it up by stopping in to different shops/grocery stores, or even a jump in the ocean. We are starting to recognize people around town, and they are starting to recognize us. It’s pretty cool. The first thing we do when we get back home, without exception – ever – is jump into the pool. All for of 4. Usually not a word is spoken, we just drop off our groceries in the kitchen, get changed, and RUN to the pool. When we leave Vista Perfecta, we will miss that pool!
One more thing I should mention is the peace and quiet here at this rental property (other than the animal sounds, mostly birds…I think). It’s not quite tourist season here yet, so there are only a few people around the property. Most days we have the pool to ourselves. There is a nice Irish couple staying in one of the units, so we’ve had some nice chats with them, and there is a nice American couple who owns one of the units and they go back and forth between their property here in Coco and another one up in the mountains. Our landlord Romel, from Russia, and his family live here in one of the units. They are very friendly and quiet, although we don’t see them too often.
Next month will bring a new adventure for us when we move on to another place. Will we stay here in Playa del Coco, or head over to the Central Valley? We are still figuring that out and will be sure to keep you posted.
In the meantime, we’re enjoying our time here and would love to show you around. Click on the video below for a full tour, and don’t forget to let us know what you think.
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Till next time,
Nancy & Ian